Persona 5 Royal Guide – How to Unlock the Third Semester

    Opening the path to the abyss.

    After nearly two years, Persona 5 Royal is finally available now across all major platforms including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. Persona 5 Royal features tons of additional content including another Palace, a third semester, a new ending, and new Personas to fuse. Persona 5 Royal players must meet certain requirements to reach the third semester, and this spoiler-free guide unlocks the path forward for the Phantom Thieves.

    The third semester unlocks on December 24 after multiple requirements are met with the Councilor, Justice, and Faith confidants. These confidants will unlock for the first time as the main story progresses in May and June. Before going further this this Persona 5 Royal guide, players should have Personas belonging to each respective Arcana to speed up the process.


    Players must reach confidant rank 9 with counselor Takuto Maruki before November 18. Confidant rank 10 automatically unlocks on November 18 if the requirement is met. He’s normally found at the nurse’s office in Shujin Academy. Additionally, he may send out hangout invites on occasion.

    Special Note: Progression with Maruki’s confidant rank is capped at rank 5 until the latter half of September.


    Confidant rank 8 with Goro Akechi should be acquired before November 18. Players should level up the Charm and Knowledge social stats to rank 3 and rank 4 respectively in order to progress his confidant. Akechi may normally be found in Kichijoji at night or in LeBlanc later intoo the game. Opportunities to hang out with Akechi are somewhat limited compared to other confidants, so his confidant should take some priority. Ranks 9 and 10 will unlock automatically with story progression if the prior requirements are met.

    Knowledge points may be earned by completing crossword puzzles and answering classroom questions correctly. Guides for these activities are available below:

    Charm points may be acquired by working part-time jobs, reading books, watching movies/DVDs, and drinking the fruit juice at the Shibuya Underground Walkway on Sundays.


    Players should reach rank 5 with Kasumi Yoshizawa by December. Her hangout opportunities are limited each week, but her confidant requirement is the easiest of the three. Kasumi may normally be found in Kichijoji during the day.

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    Persona 5 Royal is available now for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.

    Soul Kiwami
    Soul Kiwami
    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Managing Editor of Final Weapon and a Games Writer at Game Rant with four years of writing and editing experience. Raul is passionate about the Japanese gaming industry, and he's a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs, and fighting games. business email: [email protected] | Muck Rack:

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